NEIL Rose was the star of the evening with two excellent performances in the Coors Brewery and Collinson Jewellers Knack Premier League.
Rose gave a glimpse of what is to come at the finals night when he ran out a 6-1 winner over Steve Skinner.
Rose had winning legs of 17, 19, 20 (twice), 18 and 15 darts, with Skinner winning his solitary leg in 18 darts.
Rose was ruthless against Neil Mather when he inflicted a first whitewash defeat of the season on Mather.
The victory included three 180s, a 109 checkout and winning legs of 14, 15, 18 and 19 darts.
Paul Williams, fresh from winning the Cleveland Open, maintained his 100 per cent record with a 6-0 victory over John Allan.
Williams clinched the win in legs of 21, 17 (twice), 23, 19 and 18-dart legs.
Allan responded to gain a point in a 5-5 draw with Neil Richardson.
Kevin Guy put in another fine display with a 6-2 win over John Nicholson, with winning legs of 20 (four times), 15 and 21 darts, including a 116 checkout.
Nicholson drew 5-5 in his other game against Alan Smith, helped by a 180 in a best leg of 18 darts.
John Redpath recovered from 2-0 down to beat Anthony Gale 6-2, aided by a 180 and winning legs of 18, 19, 20 and 21 darts.
Spiller Henderson produced a 105 checkout when he rallied from 2-1 down to win the last five legs in a 6-2 win over Ray Malarkey.
Davey Thompson was also a 6-2 winner against Dave Brown, with 18, 19 (twice) and 20 darts his best efforts.
Anth Skelton enjoyed a comfortable 6-0 win over Barry Rutherford.
H The fourth Knack Open takes place on Saturday, with a £500 cash prize for the winner.
The Knack Club bar in Seaham sees the doors open at 10am and registrations will be taken from 11am-12.15pm. The event starts at 12.30pm.
The format is a knockout and entry will cost £6.